Dance Music PodcastsDecember 04, 2014


“A Jazzy Nutcracker” is Lustig Dance Theatre‘s new take on the beloved classic, performed with a six-piece jazz band and guest appearances from high school marching bands. Choreographer Graham Lustig talks with producer Susan Wallner about growing up in London in  the 1960s and how it inspired his production, with the Nutcracker re-imagined as the Boy Next Door.  LDT performs December 6 at SOPAC and December 12 & 13 at Monroe Performing Arts Center.

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Susan Wallner
Susan Wallner

Susan Wallner is a principal of PCK Media, an independent production company. She is the co-series producer of the public television program "State of the Arts," a job that has introduced her to a wealth of talent and artistic diversity over the years. Susan's documentaries and performance specials have aired nationally. Most recently, her profile of the writer, aviator and celebrity, "Anne Morrow Lindbergh: You’ll Have the Sky," won the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Emmy for Best Feature Writing (it was Susan's 15th regional Emmy win). Narrated by Judith Light and Lily Rabe, it aired throughout the country on PBS and PBS World, and is available on DVD. Currently, Susan is working on a documentary about the self-taught city planner, builder, and artist, Kea Tawana.

  • LisaLPat

    I LOVED this production! It is the freshest, most original performance you can possibly see this holiday season. It’s a surprise-a-minute, combined with amazing dance and unbridled creativity. Don’t miss it!!!